What goes on at the Fountain Rock Nature Center

Have you ever wondered what goes on at the Fountain Rock Nature Center? I have been asked that question a number of times by visitors. The Fountain Rock Nature Center is only open on Saturday and Sundays for general visits.  So what happens during the week?  Is the Nature Center shut down and the animals lonely during the week?  No!  Tons of stuff goes on during the week.  A number of scheduled activities and classes are held in the Nature Center.  Below are a few examples:

Classes.  A number of classes are taught each week to a variety of age groups.  In the photos below you can see Terri Mawdsley teaching a “I Love Nature class” which was held this past Tuesday.  Earth Day is April 22 so caring for the planet is the focus of all the preschool programs this month.  The children learned that pollution makes our beautiful world sick, and that they can do many things to care for the Earth. The program ended with the children making “Recycling Monsters” with recycled materials.  The Recycling Monsters will watch over the kitchen to ensure that everyone is recycling as much as they can.Terri Mawdsley


Lisa Kuder, a Maryland Master Naturalist Intern, recently taught a group of children a class on solitary bees.photo 1

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Trails. Often, during the week, programs will include discovery hikes along our trails and to our discovery area within Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center. Staff and volunteers will help teach groups about the plants and animals found in and around the park.


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A new Discovery Area is being designed with the help of Eagle Scout Thomas McGann and other volunteer groups that will be contributing to its completion. The area one day hopes to offer a safe, outdoor, woodland area that small children and their parents can explore and be outdoors in nature. It is a work in progress!

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